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Chief Inspectors speech will step over the inspection role.

 

The chief inspector of schools has backed calls for mobile phones to be banned in schools.

Amanda Spielman will announce on Thursday her support for any headteachers who choose to introduce policies that forbid children from using their phones.

Speaking at the Wellington College Festival of Education, the head of Ofsted will say: “There’s no doubt that technology has made the challenge of low level disruption even worse, which the way is why I also support recent calls to back heads who have decided that the way to improve behaviour is to ban mobile phones in their schools.

“I’m not the target audience, but nevertheless I am yet to be convinced of the educational benefits of all day access to ‘Snapchat’ and the like; and the place of mobile phones in the classroom seems to me dubious at best.”

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Lessons to be learnt from Scotland over curriculum reform.

There are lessons to be learned from Scotland over the introduction of the new curriculum, according to the new head of Wales' biggest exam board.

Initially lauded as a blueprint for the new Welsh curriculum, more recently concerns have emerged about the implementation of the Scottish reforms.

Roderic Gillespie previously had a key role in developing qualifications for the new Scottish curriculum.

He said teachers must be given "very very clear" guidance on expectations.

In an interview with BBC Wales, the new head of WJEC also said many reforms had been introduced in Scotland at the same time.

    

The overhaul of Wales' curriculum is based on the recommendations of Professor Graham Donaldson who was also involved in the development of the Scottish curriculum.

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University bossses to have salaries published.

University bosses will have their salaries published annually and institutions could face fines if they are unable to justify pay packets that are “out of kilter” with rest of the sector, a watchdog has warned. Full details of vice-chancellors’ pay packets – including bonuses and perks – will be disclosed in an annual report, as part of a major crackdown on excessive salaries, the Office for Students (OfS) said. It comes on the back of a general outcry over the salaries being taken home by some university leaders.

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Culture Secretary says schools should ban mobile phones.

Children should be banned from using their mobile phones at school, the culture secretary has said.

 

Not content with merely barring them from being used in the classroom, Matt Hancock has suggested that they be confiscated from children who carry them at the start of each school day.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, he warned that mobiles could have a "real impact" on students' achievements and leave them exposed to increased amounts of bullying. He also questioned why youngsters needed to bring their phones to school in the first place.

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Academy dream is in freefall.

Eight years have passed since the coalition government empowered schools to free themselves of sinister-sounding local council “control” and become academies. Politicians sold a vision of a world in which our children’s education would instead be managed by “charitable trusts”.

The plan was to extend the “big society” – a utopian vision in which citizen groups would run public services, from local libraries to police units. But less than a decade later, and those have-a-go heroes have become walkaway washouts, as charity after charity is pulling the plug and handing back its schools.

In the past fortnight alone we have learned that the Collaborative Academies Trust will walk away from eight academies in the south of England; the Schools Company Trust, which ran three pupil-referral units for excluded students, will lose all of its schools; the Salford Academy Trust, a joint venture between the local council, college and university, is handing back its four academies.

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